This I Believe

Kayla - paradise, California
Entered on August 5, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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I believe in cherishing the times I have with my family and my close friends. I never know if I’m ever going to see or talk to them again the next day. I want to make the best of what time me, my friends and family have together.

Like this girl I met a girl in eighth grade. Everyone liked her and she was pretty much the sweetest person you could ever meet. If she was ever mad, you must have done something pretty bad. She rarely got mad at anyone. she was known as an outgoing girl and always having a great time. She wasn’t a close friend of mine but we had a few classes together and we always stopped in the halls to talk during lunch or passing period. She stopped coming to school for a few months and then I found out she had acute leukemia, she had it for a few years before eighth grade but she was in for treatment because it got worse. She came back to school with a bright smile on her face, her eyes shining and a wig. She looked great. About 1 month later before eighth grade graduation she died. Her mom and her dog were right by her side. Everyone was devastated. People grieved but not for long because everyone knew how happy she always was and everyone knew that she wouldn’t want us to be sad. When ever people told stories about her, she would always be doing something funny and exiting.

She cherished the time she had with the people she loved and she lived her life to the fullest! I admire how she acted during her time, she stayed happy and hopeful. She taught me a great lesson in life; I should take the best of what I can get from life and have fun with it no matter what.